Five Finger Death Punch
War Is The Answer


4.0
excellent

Review

by BassDemon333 USER (66 Reviews)
September 21st, 2009 | 102 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 5FDP step it up from their debut album and present a 2nd record that can be defined with one word – improvement.

Five Finger Death Punch. The band name makes some people (most people actually) cringe. They called their music ‘true metal’ when they came into the heavy music scene. This angered a lot of people. Not only because the lyrics were overly cliché and bad and Ivan vocals aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but because their music lacked originality that a lot of metal bands have these days (or at least SHOULD have). As a result, The Way of the Fist was an ok album, but it wasn’t the best thing out there. Recently, the band lost their lead guitarist Darrel Roberts and hired Jason Hook (who previously played with Alice in Chains). This addition is noticeable on this record and is a major plus for them. The whole band really stepped it up this time around.

The album gets of to a heavy start with ‘Dying Breed’. Ivan’s vocals have gotten much heavier than last time, and it hits harder than ‘Ashes’ ever could. The guitar work is also superb, featuring a great solo by Jason Hook. The chemistry that him and rhythm guitarist Zoltan Bathory have is much better than the guitar combination on the previous record and as a result the riffs and the solos are a lot better. The bass is also audible and very distorted. ‘Hard to See’, the albums first single, is one of the softer songs on the record and will most likely be heard on the radio a lot like ‘The Bleeding’. It also features a great solo and a catchy chorus and shows that this band can make some great music if they really want to. One of the major standout tracks is ‘Far from Home’, which features acoustic guitars and a vocal performance by Ivan that is absolutely stunning and emotional. The title track ends the album on a very heavy note and is possibly the heaviest track they’ve ever done. The solo in the song also screeches with melody and works very well. Not every song on here is ‘tough guy metal’ like the previous record. This time around, they got a bit more serious and aren’t nearly as laughable.

Something you will notice upon listening to this album is that it sounds a bit different than their last album. They’ve improved. Ivan Moody is a hit-or-miss vocalist. His vocals on this record though, have improved from anything he’s done before. On heavy songs like ‘Dying Breed’, ‘Burn it Down’, and the title track, his vocals are heavier then they were on the debut album and it works with the great musicianship. He screams and sings his way through this album much better than he did on the first. His lyrics have never been the best though (‘Bulletproof’ and ‘No One Gets Left Behind’ contain some of the worst lyrics he’s ever written to date) but sometimes they can be ignored and the songs are for the most part enjoyable. Guitarists Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory truly shine on this album. ‘Hard to See’, ‘Burn it Down’, ‘Far from Home’, and ‘Canto 34’ contain some fantastic guitar work and show that the strong point in this bands music lie in their guitars. The bass work is pretty good too when it’s audible. ‘Dying Breed’ has some great bass work that crunches behind the guitars and it backs up the guitar duo well during the solos. Jeremy Spencer is a pretty good drummer as well, and it shows in his work on the heavy songs as well as the soft ones. He can keep up a furious paced metal song or back up Ivan and the guitars on the ballad-like slower tracks.

In the end, 5FDP prove that they can make a good metal record and be serious with their music on War is the Answer and not nearly as boring and unoriginal as before. The whole band really clicks well on here, and the music has taken a step up from before. Acoustic guitars and superb soloing make the guitars stand out a lot more then they did before and show hat the band is maturing a little. The lyrics have also gotten a bit better. Sometimes, it takes a few records for a band to show what they can truly do, and maybe FFDP is one of these bands. War Is the Answer is a rather interesting listen. Don’t write them off too quickly; give them a chance this time around. You might be surprised.



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other reviews of this album
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  • Metalstyles EMERITUS (3.5)
    Five Finger Death Punch mature. The result - a well done hard rock record....

    Curse. (1.5)
    Incredibly simple, unbelievably stupid, and only very occasionally catchy....

    Rhinoceron (2)
    Don't hit them with shovels or bury them. Trust me....

    Blswylde (5)
    Whoa! FFDP stepped it up from a superb debut by creating a rock/metal grade-A album....

  • Darkvoid67 (2.5)
    Metal's "new" Pantera return, with more sledgehammer than scalpel...

    TheInstitution (2.5)
    Following the success of 'The Way Of The Fist', FFDP should have done a LOT more with this...



Comments:Add a Comment 
LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Here's a thought, how about having more then two paragraphs?

BassDemon333
September 21st 2009


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The way it was saved on my computer made it like that. I edited it.

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks now I'll actually read it. My expectations aren't to high for this though

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2009


6718 Comments


I guess you beat metalstyles to this. I actually had one ready too, but I decided to delete it.

alright review, though its a little choppy. Sorry to nit pick.

Digging: Grizzly Bear - Shields

BassDemon333
September 21st 2009


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, its better than the previous record. I'd give some of the tracks a listen, but thats just me.

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hiyaa

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2009


6718 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news.php?newsid=10763

Album stream can be found in there ^

Thought I should post that as the mods haven't put the article up yet, and you probably don't want this deleted as the album isn't officially out.

BassDemon333
September 21st 2009


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha thanks Observer. Good idea.

south_of_heaven 11
September 21st 2009


5518 Comments


man this band is terrible

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2009


6718 Comments


I wouldn't say they are terrible as far as mainstream bands go

the lyrics are certainly atrocious however

BassDemon333
September 21st 2009


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know they are very hated on here, but I shall stand by them on the fact that this album is way more enjoyable then their last. Some of the songs here are actually really great if you look past the flaws.

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2009


6718 Comments


The opener is a great song.

BassDemon333
September 21st 2009


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Dying Breed is awesome. I have to say its my favorite out of everything on here.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

i'll post mine soon (1-2 hours), don't want to be an ass, and ruin you moment of glory ;).

BassDemon333
September 21st 2009


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was very suprised I beat you to it lol. I saw the album stream was up and was like "woah metalstyles hasnt posted his yet?!"

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2009


6718 Comments


I look forward to reading it styles.

Their guitarist missing kind of reminds me of that band Tickle Me Pink. Their bassist (or guitarist I think) died on the day of their album's release.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

I was very suprised I beat you to it lol. I saw the album stream was up and was like "woah metalstyles hasnt posted his yet?!"
differnt timezones bud, aka I was in school, reading shit about literature. Damn haha.



yeah, like I said, i'll let bassdemons's be for an hour or so before i'll post mine.

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've been through the album once so far and if its lucky it might get a 2.5-3. I'll give it another spin before I pass judgement.



Styles HEY BUDDY! lol damn I just woke up like an hour ago and you were already at school.

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2009


6718 Comments


Yeah he goes to bed when I eat dinner.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

guys it has been 5 minutes and the wait is killing me



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